Visit three must-see sites from China's imperial past in one day, as well as the modern icon of Tiananmen Square. Be dazzled by the bygone splendor of the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace.
What to Expect
Any one of the three imperial stops on this tour could leave you in awe. Together they form an incomparable journey into a past you can hardly imagine, while Tiananmen Square testifies to Mao's influence in creating the China of today.
The first stop on the tour is Tiananmen, with its wealth of monuments to the Communist era. From there you proceed to the Forbidden City, a huge complex of palaces and temples built to house the imperial family, constructed 600 years ago. According to UNESCO, it is the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
Your next destination is the Temple of Heaven, where emperors of the last 2 dynasties prayed for peace and good harvests. On the way here you will have an introduction to Chinese traditional medicine.
After Chinese lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a short visit to a pearl market and then ride to the Summer Palace, which has the largest and most beautiful Chinese imperial garden. It is considered a museum of gardens in China.
- Entrance tickets
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Air-conditioned tour bus
- Trained English-speaking tour guide
- Typical Chinese lunch
Know Before You Go
• The tour is exclusively for English-speaking guests
• Wear casual clothes appropriate for the weather